Now that you’ve got your placement results, you’ve got a few
things to consider while waiting for your departure date. The main one being
housing. Where exactly will you be living for the next one to five years within
your placement? There are a lot of factors to consider when moving in Japan,
especially on the JET Programme.
The JET Programme application process is a terribly long
one. You apply in October, and if you started prepping beforehand even earlier,
and then spend half a year waiting for news on acceptance. Once you get that
acceptance letter, you’re stuck waiting once again for news on where you will
be uprooting your life to for the next one to five years.
For me, the wait for my placement was one of the hardest ones. I couldn’t really start planning my packing until I knew where I would be located. Would I be in the city where shops are abundant, and I don’t have to worry about sizes or comfort food? Or would I be in the countryside on a remote island where I would only get grocery deliveries once a week or two by boat (true story for one of our JET speakers at Tokyo Orientation)?
So, you’ve gone through the entire application process for the JET Programme. You’ve compiled all your documents, wrote a killer SOP, got called in for your interview, survived said nerve-wracking interview, and now are playing the waiting game once again for results. Congratulations! This is waiting game makes up most of the JET application process and by now you’re a pro.